The Dunlop Touring Car Trophy/TCR UK Championship heads up north for their third round of the season with Henry Neal leading the overall TCT standings and Carl Swift the TCR UK points table. However the whole championship is still up for grabs after an intense battle last time out brought Lewis Kent into contention.
Ever filled with variety, TCT will feature eight different cars with as many manufacturers, increasing the diversity of competition from 2018’s TCR UK event. One of the driving stars from that race; Stewart Lines, is now in charge of the series that headlines Next-Gen Touring Cars alongside the internationally renowned TCR class. With over 30 TCR series worldwide, these cars have been tested from national to International level with the World Touring Car Cup.
Driving for the Essex & Kent Motorsport team, Lewis Kent returns for the second consecutive round as he continues to mount a title challenge. The 19 year old made an impression at Donington, claiming pole position in his first race of the year. He would rocket away in the opening race, losing out on the final lap as his Hyundai i30 N TCR ran out of fuel, dropping him to second. A first win seems inevitable for the youngster, though he will have his work cut out in a competitive field.
Joining him in TCR UK will be the returning Sunny Wong. After missing the last round, Teamwork Huff Motorsports lead driver will pilot the bright blue Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR for the first time at Croft, in his first season driving in the UK. Having won his native Touring Car series in 2012 and made appearances in TCR International, the Hong Kong driver has the pedigree to challenge Kent and the overall win. Darrelle Wilson maintains his space on the grid for his self-run Opel Astra TCR. The DW Racing driver proved his defensive ability at Donington, holding off James Turkington and others, throughout both races.
Turkington is one of three drivers to have competed at every round so far, continuing in TCR UK, driving the Cupra TCR for Ciceley Motorsport. Brother of BTCC champion Colin, Turkington recorded a first overall podium and TCR class win at Donington, making him a front runner coming into Croft. Leading the TCT line-up is another relative of BTCC; Henry Neal. On 65 points he’ll be a threat for a maiden win after two second places last time out in his father Matt’s old Honda Civic Type R for Team Dynamics.
For Touring Car fans, there will be another familiar face in the paddock as Warren Scott joins the grid with Team BMR. It will be the first time TCT has seen a Subaru, with the Hertfordshire racer expected to immediately challenge for wins, bringing across four years of BTCC experience. HMS Racing will be another team featuring an old Touring Car, as Alex Day drives the Audi ‘Sherman’ A4. The Audi will be a threat in the latter stages of the 23 minute races as Day hopes to rebound after a broken driveshaft hindered his Donington weekend. Completing the grid will be Richard Woods in the HSG Motorsport Ford Focus making his debut this round.
The races will be 23 minutes in length, plus one lap. Qualifying will determine the grid for race one, with the race result determining the order for race two.